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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

TO KNOW OR NOT TO KNOW…THAT IS THE QUESTION…

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To know or not to know…we are curious creatures, both in the sense that we are interesting and unpredictable, as well as curious about everything. I remember an episode of the Dick Van Dyke Show entitled, “The Curious Thing About Women,” in which Laura could not contain herself when it came to unopened mail and packages that were addressed to her husband. She eventually labeled herself a, “pathological snoopy nose,” which I thought was a great term.

Curiosity, although it “killed the cat,” is in all of us. We all want to know what is in the box we are not allowed to open for one reason or another (hence “peeking” at Christmas time). We all want to know what is going on in our neighbors’ or friends’ lives or yards. We all want to know who is on the other end of the phone when someone we are with is talking on the phone, or texting.

In general no harm usually arises from the small curiosities we have…but it can arise when becomes so great we aren’t able to contain our curiosity and therefore respect one another’s privacy. It is the core of gossip, jealousy, paranoia, speculation, anxiety and just plain nosiness.

As I have mentioned in many a post that I love the phrase, “It’s none of my business,” because it helps me keep that curiosity at bay. We need to try to live just in the moment and, although this is really hard for some of us, like everything else, practice makes perfect. We are so curious about what the future will bring and what will happen tomorrow or next week or next month or year. It’s good to plan in some areas of your life, but anything beyond that becomes worry or “outlining” and is an issue of control.

Try to catch yourself when your thoughts and/or actions venture into someone else’s business without their permission to keep from creating “drama” in your life and practice living in the moment when you catch your thoughts roaming into future moments. Keep them in the here and the now and bring them into your conscious mind so you can change the way your subconscious automatically processes them. Once you master this technique in just these two areas, you will realize how much calmer and centered you feel and how your life has little to no drama on a daily basis.



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